Coonalpyn Silo Mural – Hope for the Future

The Coonalpyn Silo Mural by Brisbane based, international street artist Guido van Helten features local school children from the small country town of Coonalpyn on the Dukes Highway in South Australia. The five kids were aged from 5 to 9 at the time the project was completed  – in order of appearance on the silo, left…

Lascelles Silo Art

The Lascelles Silo Art leg of the Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Trail was completed in early July 2017 by street artist Rone. The more than 30 metre high, photorealistic art at Lascelles is a little different from the other art projects on the stunning silo art trail of the Wimmera-Mallee (Brim, Patchewollock, Sheep Hills, Rupanyup and…

The Gallipoli Landings – Lest We Forget – ANZAC Day

The legend of the ANZAC was born from the courage and bloodshed of brave young men from Australia and New Zealand on the shores, steep cliffs, ravines and hills of Gallipoli in 1915. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) along with British and French forces faced stiff opposition from the Turkish troops of the Ottoman Empire during…

Indigenous Australian Street Art by Adnate

Melbourne street artist Adnate is well-known for his stunning, colourful and lifelike images, especially of Indigenous Australians. Recently I have come across three pieces of his photorealistic work in very different locations and settings. The first was the impressive (and massive!) Sheep Hills Silo Art leg of the Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Trail, the second was  a rich image of…

Rupanyup Silo Art

The Rupanyup Silo Art leg of the Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Trail is now complete. Russian street artist Julia Volchkova (Julia Woolf Art) has done a great job and the latest art mural on the trail of a young Rupanyup netball and football player looks fantastic! A Work In Progress Here are some photos in the preceding couple of weeks showing…

The Stunning Silo Art Trail of the Wimmera-Mallee

Grain silos are a familiar sight dotted on the horizon across the plains of the Wimmera-Mallee region of Victoria, Australia. At the start of 2015 I posted about the silo art project in the small farming community of Brim. Brisbane based street artist Guido van Helten created a huge 30 metre high masterpiece mural there…

The Big Bench of Broken Hill

Atop the massive mullock heap known as The Line of Lode (the worlds largest silver, lead and zinc mineral deposit) in the outback New South Wales mining town of Broken Hill sits the Big Bench. In Australia we love big things and at 2.5 times the size of a normal park bench this art installation fits the bill. Normally these…

Remnants of the Past: The Old Junction Mine, Broken Hill

The Junction Mine in Broken Hill was first leased and pegged in 1884 and the associated Broken Hill Junction Silver Mining Co. was formed  in 1886. The 1890’s wooden headframe is erected over Browne Shaft (named after Sylvester Browne, a director of the mine) and is the oldest that remains on the massive silver, lead and zinc mineral…

Remnants of the Past: Old BHP Mine, Broken Hill

The isolated western New South Wales outback town of Broken Hill was built on the back of the success of the huge mining company Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited (BHP – formed by the Syndicate of Seven and incorporated in 1885 as the first mining company of Broken Hill), “The Big Australian” who tapped into the…

Remnants of the Past: The Old Homestead II

A Wimmera-Mallee farmers long abandoned homestead can be spotted just a few kilometres outside the town of Lascelles, on the Henty Highway towards Hopetoun. This house may be abandoned and near ruined but sitting alone out in the middle of that paddock, it still has a certain charm.